As wedding planners, we love couples that are able to bring their personality and creativity into their weddings through DIY touches and details. If you have the vision and ability to create custom decor or bring your Pinterest board to life we encourage you to do so (with a realistic timeline and budget, of course). In our years of experience some of the most breath-taking weddings we've worked have been DIY weddings and the most successful DIY weddings we've seen have included a whole lot of creativity and a little help from the pros. What do we mean?
If you're considering considering arranging your own centerpieces and you are not a florist by trade, think about hiring a floral designer for a couple of hours on a consulting basis to provide you with advise on structure, floral selection and timing. It would be devastating to find out too late that the flowers you've had your eyes on for that arrangement had an early season and are now totally out of your price range. What if you didn't know that the greens you're hoping to include need to be arranged just before guests will be seated so they don't wilt away before the night is over? There are many tricks and tips of the trade that a floral designer can share with you that will abate last minute chaos or save you a lot of money and time in the long run.
Similarly, if you or your family are interested in making your own dessert spread or wedding cake, we suggest taking the time to invest in a class with a real-life instructor (read: NOT A YOUTUBE VIDEO) who might be able to give you some tips on construction, timing and baking for large parties.
Last but not least, one of the biggest missteps that we see at DIY weddings (and hear about in the form of last minute calls from desperate couples) is not enlisting someone to help stage and style their wedding. If you are planning to create, assemble, install and clean up your own wedding decor and props, you may have bitten off more than you can chew. The last thing you want is to be suspended 8 feet in the air on a rickety ladder hanging the gorgeous moss monograms you made when you're supposed to be taking portraits or getting into your wedding attire or figuring out how to secure the pennant banners without the zip ties and staples showing when your guests start arriving. Event styling is a service that many event planners (including Kai Squared) offer that can save you a lot of hassle and time on your big day. Essentially, you're hiring an event professional to set up and install your vision while you are enjoying your day. Professional stylists will have the tools, experience and stock pile to make those touches that you painstakingly created look just the way that you hoped they would. (Side note: if you enlist a stylist early enough in the planning process, they may be able to help you with some of the crafting and assembling or even source an amazing piece or two that will make you're wedding truly unique).
Don't let the horror stories scare you from adding your own touches to your wedding- just make sure you have someone you can call when you hit a stumbling block, have a question or need a little back up. And don't worry, you can still take the credit!